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Moraga's Got Chalk!
Having a mayor who is an artist definitely helps to foster vibrancy in the local art scene. Kathe Nelson, Moraga Chamber's executive director, immediately got a positive response and added impetus from Moraga Mayor Teresa Onoda when she suggested a chalk festival in ...By Sophie Braccini

Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley contributes to Moraga Rotary's All-Access Playground project
Representatives of the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley recently presented a check to the Rotary Club of Moraga in support of Rotary's All-Access Playground Project, which is to be constructed at the Moraga Commons Park.
Submitted by Dick Olsen

A few local politicos' best friends
In this dog-eat-dog world of politics, it is imperative to have a pack of loyal followers. Who better than those who are always by your side and only occasionally growl at the media? Saturday is national Dogs in Politics Day, a celebration first unleashed Sept. 23, ...By Cathy Dausman

Andersen initially opposes interim district attorney appointment
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors appointed Diana Becton as interim district attorney to replace DA Mark Peterson, who resigned in June. The supervisors interviewed five candidates at their Sept. 12 public board meeting and appointed Becton by a 3-2 vote.
By Nick Marnell

Country Club's new general manager Ron Haas
The Moraga Country Club has hired a consummate hospitality professional to replace Andrew Scott as general manager. Ron Haas is not boastful, but behind his ready wide smile one can detect the iron hand in the velvet glove. He is keenly aware that the club accommodates ...By Sophie Braccini

Sinkhole and Canyon Bridge on their way out
On Sept. 18 WC Maloney Inc. started preparation work for the removal of Canyon Bridge. On Sept. 20 the heavy duty equipment should arrive and demolition will begin. The first two days of the week were used to protect the creek bed so debris is not carried by the ...

Surveillance cameras in Moraga confirmed for the end of the year
Chief of Police Jon King confirmed after receiving a $60,000 check from the Moraga Community Foundation that his team would install six new security cameras on Moraga's busy traffic arterials before the end of the year. One is already in use on Moraga Way. The chief ...By Sophie Braccini

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Process launched to recruit new town manager
Moraga town manager Bob Priebe is adamant: He says that the snafu that followed the town's declaration of fiscal emergency and the questioning of staff's pay raises at the time have nothing to do with his resignation this month.
By Sophie Braccini

Moraga man marks half-century of summer camps
Jeff Werth would rather interview than be interviewed, but he talks easily about his longtime commitment to summer camp.
Werth is somewhat of an expert on the swimming, fishing, hiking, ...
By Cathy Dausman

Manuel Valdez takes oath of office as Moraga postmaster
Manuel Valdez raised his right hand at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 1 and was sworn in as postmaster at the Moraga post office on Center Street. In doing so, he followed a proud tradition that dates back to 1886 when the first post office opened.

Moraga moves toward regulating firearms storage
Few topics are as divisive and potentially ...By Sophie Braccini

Moraga Chamber golf tournament on 9/11 benefits local firefighters association
This year the Moraga Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament will be held on Sept. 11 in collaboration with the Moraga Orinda Professional Firefighters Association.The annual event this year will also raise money for this local group that was formed to give back to ...By Sophie Braccini

Moraga Sinkhole repairs on track, Canyon bridge delayed
Moraga public works department announced that the reconstruction and repair work of the Rheem Boulevard sinkhole is progressing according to plan, with an end date scheduled before the rainy season that typically begins Oct. 15.
By Sophie Braccini

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